Fair enough; I figured the chain could be a remnant of one of the other two fetters. But on the other hand I do believe this is supposed to be an illustration from Ragnarok. It is *the battle* between Othin and Fenrir, after all.
Allfather rode at full gallop atop Sleipnir, knowing well that this would be his final battle. The mighty wolf whose eyes were fiery snarled, barring his fangs dripping with blood and poison. All around the armies of Asgard and Loke to pause to watch as the Wisest of the Aesir rode to his fate. Gungir flew and struck the beast in his face, but the foul wolfish grin grew before Fenrir's foul maw gaped wide, charging at his hated foe. Munin and Hugin cried out in horror, diving into the wolf's eyes and tried feebly to deter the mightest beast of Loke's host. But Fenrir charged on undetered, and came upon Allfather. Amidst the din of Ragnarok, a silence broke out followed by the final cries of Sleipnir and Odin's final breath...
A trully wonderful scene! The action, the manners and the characters are impresivly well done. Odin is perfect and I loved how you managed to paint the eight legs of Sleipnir. Fenrir is brilliant, menacing and trully powerful, as a son of Loki would be. This picture, this artwork, is pure epicness, and you skills are IMPRESIVE. Thanks for drawing things like this!
Here's the other one I absolutely adored on CA. I really like the way you colour. I can see what Elwell said about cropping too tight here though - the hoof especially looks slightly shopped. Still great work on lines and flow!
I'm glad you like it! To be honest, I've had some people suggest recently that I change my style and do more rendered stuff- but I like doing what I do! It encourages me to have someone else say they like the way I color
I'm totally trying to fix my composition and cropping issues though, Elwell hit the nail on the head there
Let me guess - those people were on ConceptArt, yes? Don't get me wrong by any means - CA is hands down the best artists site on the web, and what you can learn there for free is nothing short of amazing. But there are loads of members there (not all, but many) who are almost missionary in their views on art. It's like in Plato's allegory of the cave - the people at CA have seen the light, and if you wander into their midst, they'll drag you out into the light to show you too, whether you want it or not For many of them, the only style worth pursuing is painterly, heavily rendered, realistic and gritty. Anything whimsical, lineart-dominated and illustratory rather than concept-arty will be rejected forthwith.
If you're looking for work in the biz, I'm sure it's a good idea to listen to them and try out other styles as well, but your art so stood out to me on that site precisely because it's *not* painterly, heavily rendered, realistic and gritty. And it's good that there are still people out there who do that, too.
Haha yes some were on CA You're exactly right about them, I love the site- but a lot of people there definitely favor all the slick digital and highly rendered stuff, which can sometimes make anyone else feel like a second class citizen! There are some people that appreciate something different though (like you!) so that is encouraging, and wonderful to find other artists who share my tastes. One person who often wants me to do a different kind of style though is my husband! It's harder when it's him, because I value his opinion (and want to do pictures that he will like). Those are the times it's even more valuable to have support from other artists to chase away that self-doubt!
I think we have to meet some day. And we need to bring along our husbands. Both playing Skyrim, loving Star Wars, and wanting their traditional-art, flowy-loving wives to do different stuff. This is starting to sound eerie!